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09-30-2007, 05:10 AM
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Marty Ball
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Marty Ball is a philosophy of football associated with and named after coach Marty Schottenheimer. In simple terms, it means a focus on the running game, with passing used only to further the running game.

Schottenheimer emphasizes offensive attacks that work as follows:

First down: a rushing play.
Second down: another rushing play, if necessary.
Third down: a pass attempt, if necessary.
Fourth down: punt (or field goal, if within range), if necessary.
Fans (and critics) refer to this scheme as "Run, Run, Pass, Punt." Schottenheimer is considered to be a conservatively-minded coach with a majority of his focus on defense. The term Martyball is generally considered a pejorative because, at times, Schottenheimer will steadfastly continue to emphasize this form of offensive attack while attempting to hold on to a thin lead or when playing from behind - often with negative results.

In terms of regular season play in the NFL, Schottenheimer has run Marty Ball very successfully. During his coaching career with the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers, Schottenheimer has compiled a 200-126-1 record. His teams have won 8 division titles (Browns: 3 times. Chiefs: 3 times. Chargers: Twice.), made 13 trips to the NFL Playoffs (Browns: 4 trips. Chiefs: 7 trips. Chargers: Twice.), and have reached the AFC Championship Game 3 times (2 trips with Browns, 1 with Chiefs). Unfortunately, he has failed to execute Marty Ball in the postseason, where he has a pitiful 5-13 record and has never reached the Super Bowl. This has harmed his coaching reputation and could cost him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Medford Bronco
09-30-2007, 08:39 AM
"Marty Ball" has its own wikipedia page:

I bet the Chargers fans are wishing for marty ball now

better than Norv the horrid coach IMO